The University of Aberdeen's School of Psychology is the first to receive a departmental Athena SWAN Bronze Award
The School of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen nurtures a culture that is inclusive and welcoming to all. It has been officially recognised for its efforts to advance gender equality - becoming the first of the University's Schools to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.
The Athena SWAN charter aims specifically to address the lower proportion of women than men found in senior academic, professional, and support roles, and formally recognise departments and institutions that are taking action to identify and overcome barriers to career progression for both sexes.
An example of an initiative that helped the School meet the Bronze Award criteria was the establishment of a Family Conference Support Fund, which provides financial support for women and men with child caring responsibilities to attend conferences.
Our School is also home to an active Early Researcher Forum , encompassing postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers.
The School has also made a formal commitment to ensuring key meetings and events are held within core-business hours, and creating a culture that is inclusive and welcoming to all.
The School’s successful application was led by Dr Margaret Jackson with essential support from a working group of colleagues based in the School of Psychology and the two University Athena SWAN officers, Dr Maria-Grazia Cascio and Dr Rhiannon Thompson.